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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

©2011 William Peter Blatty (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13
    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "In many way for me better than movie."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love the movie and have never read the book this would be a good choice. It did take me a little while to get used to the author's voice. I was able to get into it and follow the story easily.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The scene where the priest that will do the exorcism arrives and in standing under the lamp post. He knows what he is up against but is so calm and has merely come to perform a job. Pure faith, knowing what awaits him.


    What does William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In many ways listening to this audio book was scarier than the movie. I enjoyed it. The language the demon uses to this day in hard to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in the hall when father Marin explains that there is only ONE demon. I like that he says that possession is to cause those around the possessed to despair and feel unworthy. That belief in God in not a matter a reason, but of love. I also like the end if you believe in the power of evil, how do you account for all the good in the world ?


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the Exorcist when I was a teenager. It was the only movie I could not quit thinking about for weeks. I gage all frightening movies by The Exorcist. For me it still stands the test of time and continues to have the power to scare me. I am glad I used my credit for this old favorite.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 05-27-13
    Charlotte 05-27-13
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    "All Others Fail in Comparison"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Exorcist to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Author is reading the story and his voice is the best!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the story, you will love this in audio. Then you will have the same problem as I, can't find another to satisfy as well as this one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    whiterabbit 06-28-12
    whiterabbit 06-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing story... and superb narration by author"
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    Absolutely the most shocking, terrifying and wonderfully written horror story I have ever read, superbly narrated by the author. He renders all the different characters to perfection. Not all authors make good narrators, but William Blatty is wonderful! Thank you for this anniversary edition. Definitely an absolute must have for any horror fan. And yes it is absolutely for adults only!

    This book does not pull any punches and the sense of demoniacal possession is absolutely realistic and chilling throughout. This book actually gave me goosebumps! I look forward to listening to it a second time, once I recover from the first reading. I think the book has a lot more depth than the movie version, though the movie was amazing also. I would put this book right up there with Stephen King's "The Shining", and Tolstoy's "War and Peace", a couple of my more memorable audiobooks, as well as Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". For sheer demonic violence, however, "The Exorcist" stands alone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12
    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
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    After listening to Farheit 451 narrated by the author, I tried to stay away from books read by the author but no one could have done a better job than Blatty. He was perfect. The story will always remain one of the scariest there is.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Hixson, TN United States 02-12-12
    Virginia Hixson, TN United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW! Just as good as it was 20 yrs. ago"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    BEST OF THRILLERS, It scared me as much as the older book and the movie. DON'T MISS


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The exorcism


    What does William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices bring out the evil in tone that you cannot get in a reading book.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Exorcist and why?

    The little girl and what evil can do


    Any additional comments?

    You'll never regret getting this book to re-visit evil!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15
    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Mother of God!!!"

    What you need before listening to this book:

    - A bible
    - Holy Water
    - Adult diapers

    That demonic voice will haunt you for weeks.

    If you think the movie was good, wait until you hear William Peter Blatty narrate this book.

    Great book + Stellar narration = Outstanding production.

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    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 10-10-12
    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect for Halloween season!"
    What did you love best about The Exorcist?

    It scared me!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The voices of the demon!


    What about William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s performance did you like?

    The way the sound was quiet and then boomed loud like a monster popping out of your closet!


    If you could rename The Exorcist, what would you call it?

    The possessed.


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    Robert 10-01-12
    Robert 10-01-12
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    "Wow!"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Classic, Classic, Classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Karras, his insight and attention to detail make him a fantastic narrator, while his weaknesses make him a perfect hero.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was hard not to, but sleep is inevitable.


    Any additional comments?

    William Peter Blatty's voice was made for this book!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-12
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-12
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    "Terrific Ride!"

    I saw the movie on television as a kid in the 80's. They cut out a LOT of the story for TV evidently.

    The book is vivid and fast paced. Fun and foreboding. One that you cannot put down. I was most struck by the genius character development of the few players involved in the story. I wanted to know what drove them, what would become of them, and how they all connected by the end. I was expecting pop-horror, and got a well written character driven tale of people in a horrible situation instead. What a wonderful surprise!

    I was dubious of the narration at first. I found it a tad indulgent and overdone, but as the story progressed, it grew on me and by the end I appreciated what the author brought to the track. Listen and ENJOY!

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    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11
    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Familiar Story, Excellent Narration"

    Often I cringe at the idea of an author narrating his own work, but Mr. Blatty reads his book very well and he has a rich voice that seems to have been made for narration. I read the book when I was a kid and mostly remember the story from the film, so I cant speak to what was "revised and expanded" although I think I recall an interview with Blatty where he said that for the film he added a lot of the more shocking language at the request of the Director, so maybe thats it, as Regan is quite potty-mouthed here.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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